What is a BARRX procedure?

BARRAX.jpgBarrett’s Esophagus is a condition in which abnormal tissue in the esophagus can occur as a result of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). These abnormal cells can become cancerous. A revolutionary new procedure called BARRX can be done without any incisions or surgery and has been proven to help prevent the abnormal tissue caused by Barrett’s Esophagus from developing into a cancer. During the BARRX Procedure, the abnormal cells are destroyed so new healthy cells can replace them. BARRX can minimize your risk of developing esophageal cancer if you suffer from Barrett's Esophagus as a result of GERD, but it is crucial that you continue with your treatment for GERD as advised by the doctor.

How is a BARRX procedure performed?

BARRX is performed as part of an upper endoscopy, which can usually be performed on an outpatient basis. The patient will be sedated during the procedure. The upper endoscopy is performed with a patient lying on his/her left side. A bite block is usually placed in the patient's mouth to keep the mouth from closing. The procedure requires that you swallow a thin, flexible, lighted tub called an endoscope. The endoscope transmits an image of the inside of the esophagus. Your doctor will view the esophagus with the endoscope and determine the measurement of the area that requires treatment. A BARRX ablation catheter will then be inserted into the esophagus to deliver energy to the abnormal tissue.